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Deviating from the Standard: Integrating Statistical Analysis and Experimental Design into Life Science Education


Congratulations to Peter Mercado-Reyes

Peter was selected to represent Purdue University to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) funded EXROP (Exceptional Research Opportunities) program. EXROP is a prestigious program initiated in 2003, which links the resources of HHMI's Science and Grants programs to provide selected undergraduate students with outstanding summer research experiences that encourage them to pursue careers in academic science.

EXROP students also attend meetings at HHMI headquarters where they present their research in a poster session, network with their peers and HHMI scientists, and hear from scientists from various backgrounds and stages in their careers.

Students are nominated for the program by HHMI professors and directors of HHMI-funded undergraduate programs at colleges and universities. EXROP then matches the students with HHMI scientists who have volunteered to provide mentored research experiences. Peter, biochemistry major, was nominated by Dr. James Forney and will be working in the lab of Dr. Eric Kandel at Columbia University. The project he will be working on focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Read about Peter's summer experience here

Congratulations to Professor Stephanie Gardner

Dr. Gardner recently received a 2013-14 Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Award. The Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Awards Program is awarded annually and fosters continued excellence in teaching and learning at Purdue.

The intended outcomes of this enrichment program are: Purdue students will benefit from improved learning environments; faculty will enhance their teaching through the use of a broader repertoire that matches learner needs; participants will develop a network of faculty committed to quality instruction; participants will form a strong nucleus for enhancing undergraduate teaching at Purdue; academic departments will receive increased input on their teaching programs.

Dr. Gardner, who previously received the 2012 College of Science Outstanding Teacher Award, is the director of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience for our grant.

HHMI Teacher-Scientist Summer Program

The 2014 Teacher-Scientist Applications are now open. We are looking for high school biololgy and math teachers who want to improve their effectiveness of introducing students to the statistical aspects of biology. We are providinig extended research training and experiences in statistical and quantitative techniques. The link to apply is here:

The program will run Monday, July 28 - Friday, August 1, 2014. We will provide housing for those participating.

HHMI Undergraduate Research Experience

The application for the HHMI Undergraduate Summer Research Experience is now closed.

The HHMI summer research experience will be offered from June 2, 2014 – July 25, 2014. The research projects offered for 2014 have been selected to emphasize the use of quantitative and statistical tools in current life science-related research. The research projects will be hosted and mentored by Purdue University faculty from Biology, Biochemistry, Statistics, and Biomedical Engineering.  In addition to the placement and immersion into an undergraduate research experience, there will be weekly quantitative training sessions and lunches to help foster a community of learning. The students will receive a $3600 stipend for participating in the program. 

Project descriptions can be found here.

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